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Rick Santorum, showing signs of fatigue and frustration while grasping for strategies to right his unsteady White House bid, is trying to derail Republican front-runner Mitt Romney using any means available — even contradictory messages.

Santorum has called Romney “the worst Republican in the country” to challenge President Barack Obama, but in a subsequent interview he said he would consider serving as Romney’s running mate. He is not letting pass a vulgar fight with The New York Times while betting big on the health care debate, which his campaign says is intensifying at the perfect time to resurrect his fading candidacy.


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“This is the most important issue in this election,” Santorum declared outside the Supreme Court on Monday while attorneys inside debated the constitutionality of the president’s health care law. “There’s one candidate who’s uniquely disqualified to make the case. That’s the reason I’m here and he’s not.”

Seizing on the health care debate as Romney focuses on the nation’s economy, Santorum is fueling tea partyers’ lingering skepticism about the former Massachusetts governor, who signed into law a state-based health care program that helped inspire Obama’s plan. He dismisses Romney’s broadening support as the product of political elites, while pitching himself as an up-from-his-bootstraps candidate who came from “public housing” — a misleading claim that offers a stark contrast with Romney’s life of wealth and privilege.

In spite of Santorum’s loosely plotted uphill strategy, a growing number of establishment-minded Republicans are coalescing around Romney. On Monday, GOP House Whip Kevin McCarthy of California became the latest member of the party’s leadership in Congress to sign on. Romney remains on pace to capture the nomination in June.

Read More at OfficialWire. By Philip Elliott and Steve Peoples, AP.



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